Shoreline Boatneck

Hey there!  Still catching up on sharing things I made last year, and I definitely tried to focus a little more on staple wardrobe sewing last year…you know, sewing things that get worn often!  In fact, I have a few t shirts cut out right now waiting to be sewn together!  I went shopping for t shirts the other weekend and walked away almost empty handed.  (I did buy a Florida Gator shirt, my alma mater!)  But I was surprised at how picky I have become.  After sewing myself most of my clothes the past few years, I was critical of everything I tried on in the store and was unwilling to fork over my money for something I didn’t love!

Shoreline Boatneck :: Dandelion Drift

You probably want to hear more about my shirt and less about my unsuccessful shopping trip, huh!  This is Melissa’s Shoreline Boatneck pattern.  The last time I sewed the shoreline boatneck, I sized up, looking for a super drapey, oversized sweater to wear!  This time I went with a size small, sewing up the pattern in the size my measurements put me in.  I love that the same pattern can yield completely different looks with different sizes sewn, and using different material.

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I sewed this boatneck with some leftover jersey fabric from a cardigan I made last year.  I love the speckled gray of this fabric, and this knit is a great weight for a t shirt.

Shoreline Boatneck :: Dandelion Drift

Usually when I’m sewing clothes, I try my hardest to avoid a handmade look.  I try to make things look as store bought as possible.  But, it’s also nice to add little details (ones you wouldn’t normally find off the rack).  I decided to add a little leather tab on my cuffed sleeves.  It was very easy to do, and I love the little extra detail.  (Also, this small piece of leather washes just fine…I tested it out in a few washes to make sure.)

Shoreline Boatneck :: Dandelion Drift

Here are the pattern modifications I made to the sleeve:

  • lengthened the short sleeve length by 3 inches.
  • rolled the sleeves twice to create a cuff, sewing down the cuff on the underarm seam.
  • used a 1 inch by 3 inch piece of leather to make a tab (the raw ends of the tab are tucked under the cuff and under the sleeve)
  • stitched the leather tab down using 1/4 inch seams

Shoreline Boatneck :: Dandelion Drift

Some other small changes I made to the pattern were leaving the bottom hem un-hemmed.  I also finished the neckline with one of my favorite neckline finishing techniques (found here).

Shoreline Boatneck :: Dandelion Drift

Arielle Skirt

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Hey there!  Happy 2016!  Welp, I’ve been a pretty bad blogger these past few months.  I have a pile of projects from 2015 I need to share with you (I count four dresses, three shirts, and one pair of jeans) but I’m going to start with this skirt!  I’m hoping to grab pictures of all these projects so I can share all the details with you…they are all pretty great!

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So this skirt…it’s the Arielle skirt by Tilly and the Buttons.  I haven’t sewn with her patterns before, but thought it was about time I change that!  I love how this skirt came out!

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I sewed it up in canvas from Robert Kaufman…it’s the Geo Pop Canvas 2 line by Emmie K.  The canvas is perfect for the skirt, and I have a bit more I think I need to make into some shorts for the summer!  The fabric’s a great weight and I love all of the prints in Emmie’s new line!

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Tilly gives you two different lengths for this pencil skirt, a mini and a knee length.  I went right in between the two lengths.  One great thing about waiting to blog about a project is you get to rave about how much you wear it and love it (this skirt would fall into that category)!  But one bad thing is I didn’t write down all of the sewing details.  I know that I used the longer length pattern and cut some fabric off, maybe two inches, maybe four?  Ahh…sorry about the lack of info!  Let me just go back to, hey, I love it and wear it!

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Here’s a quick glimpse at the details:

Pattern:  Tilly and the Buttons Arielle Skirt

Fabric / Notions:  Geo Pop Canvas Pepper, buttons from JoAnn

Size / Changes: 3, shortened the longer length

 

Sew a Dog Bed

Dog Bed DIY :: Dandelion Drift

For as long as we have owned dogs (almost as long as we have been married) Josh has been saying, our poor dogs need a dog bed, want to sew one?  And for some reason I kept putting this project off.  I tend to do that with projects that need to be sewed (like curtains).

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Over the summer Emmie asked me if I’d like to sew with some of her new fabric line Geo Pop Canvas 2, and I have a couple projects to share with you.  First, here’s the prettiest little dog bed.  I used a tutorial by Brett Bara as the basis for this dog bed, but made a handful of changes.

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I love the idea of reusing things, so I had been saving our old pillows to use as stuffing for a project.  I based this dog bed off of pillow measurements so I could just stuff four old pillows in this thing!

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Here’s a quick rundown of the materials I used and the dimensions to cut them.

  • Cut two pieces of fabric 32 inches by 20 inches
  • Cut two pieces of fabric 32 inches by 6 inches
  • Cut two pieces of fabric 20 inches by 6 inches
  • Cut a leather belt in half for the handle

The six inch tall pieces are your sides, the 32 x 20 is your top and bottom.  I added some blue trim when sewing it all together and stitched down half a leather belt as the handle!  I left a pretty large opening on one of the 20 inch sides and stuffed four pillows into the dog bed, giving it lots of cushion!  Last, I hand stitched the opening closed.

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Taking pictures was pretty funny.  Our dog, Fern, did not want to sit still or pose for photos.  The kids were a huge help and had so much fun trying to wrangle the dog into a picture!

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Christine Haynes Derby Dress

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Ooh I’m excited to share this dress with you today!  It might be my new favorite!  This is the Derby dress by Christine Haynes.  I grabbed the pattern from the Indie Sew shop shortly after I sewed Christine’s Marianne dress.  That one fit me so well, and the pattern and instructions for the Marianne were perfect, I was excited to sew another one of Christine’s patterns.

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The Derby dress was not nearly as easy a sew, not because of the directions or the pattern itself, I just had to make a handful of modifications for it to fit me well.  I knew right away that I wanted to sew it as a maxi dress.  I had seen Oona’s maxi version and loved it!  The pattern doesn’t have pieces for a maxi version, I just lengthened each piece, extending them so that they would come down to my ankles.

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

My measurements put me in between a size 4 and 6, so I cut the pattern in between those two sizes.  I sewed the dress up, tried it on, and had a funny underarm gaping issue.  You could peer right into my dress, so I grabbed the seam ripper and started to take apart the top half.  It’s hard to see in this busy print, but this is a princess seamed dress.  The princess seams were not running right along my bust, so I needed to take out 1.5 inches from the center pattern piece on either side.  I also took in the side seams by .5 inches.

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

These fixes worked and corrected all of my gaping issues.  The fabric I used is a super lightweight rayon challis I grabbed from the imagine gnats shop.  This fabric is perfect for our really hot Florida summers.

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The first day I wore this dress was to Disney for about 6 hours!  By the end of the day, the fabric had stretched out a bit (I’m not sure if it was due to the humidity or the weight of this dress, there’s a lot of fabric here)!  So I went back and added a piece of elastic across the top of the back to help give the dress some support.

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I used a piece of 1.5 inch elastic, measured across the back from side seam to side seam, and cut my elastic 2 inches shorter than the back measurement.  I then pinned the elastic in place, stretching it out to make it fit. Once the elastic was pinned (I used about 1 pin every inch across the back) I sewed several rows of straight stitches, stretching the elastic as I sewed!  The elastic fixed everything, making this a super comfortable dress!

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Silhouettes can be a fun thing to play with.  When I am standing still, without a breeze, this dress looks a little tent like (which is probably why I like it, it’s so comfortable).  But the rayon challis has so much movement, that as soon as I walk a little, or as soon as the wind blows, the dress looks so flattering!

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Okay…here’s a quick run down of the sewing info:

Pattern:  Christine Haynes Derby Dress

Fabric:  Rayon Challis from the imagine gnats shop

Size / Modifications: In between size 4 and 6 and many modifications –

  • remove 1.5 inches from both sides of front seam
  • remove .5 inch from side seams
  • add 1.5 inch elastic to back for support
  • lengthened pattern to maxi dress

The Derby Dress pattern was provided to me by Indie Sew as a part of their blogger team.  As always, all opinions are my honest and true opinions!  

Laurelhurst Cardigan

So I guess this is the week where I show you all the gray things I’ve made out of knit fabric.  Yesterday it was a maxi skirt, today a cardigan.  Okay, so that’s it for the week!  But I could go on and on.  I love the color gray!  Especially this speckled heather gray!

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Today I’m sharing my Laurelhurst Cardigan for the Straight Stitch Designs one year anniversary blog tour!  The goal of this sew was to remix it…change it up a bit and add some personal touches.  I had grand plans for my remix, and then eventually landed on this not so very remixed version of the cardigan!  Here’s my little change….it’s two inches shorter, just two inches chopped off the bottom.

Laurelhurst Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

Want to know my big plans?  I was going to add pockets.  Well, I actually did add pockets.  I have a very similar cardigan from Lands End with side seam pockets.  The pockets in the Lands End cardigan are sewn into the hem, giving them the support they need to stay in place.  Well, this store bought cardigan is made out of french terry, a much more stable knit than I chose.  When I sewed the same pockets in my cardigan, they dropped.  They dipped below the hem line and looked all kind of wonky.  I was so bummed.  I had made a pattern piece for you and everything, I knew it was going to turn out awesome.  Ha!  Oh well, pockets didn’t work so I just chopped the bottom of the cardigan off!  I’m loving this shorter version, though, because I can wear the cardigan with shorts.

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Enough about my failed remix.  Want to hear more about the cardigan?  It’s pretty great!  In fact, I sewed it up quickly (maybe 1 hour total) and wore it to work that evening.  And I received a compliment right away from a friend!  Yesterday I mentioned how I think maxi skirts make you look long and lean.  I think the same is true for these drapey cardigans.  They play an optical illusion on your eye making you look slim and tall!  I love it!

Laurelhurst Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

Kimberly from Straight Stitch Designs has you leave all of the edges raw on the laurelhurst.  I was reluctant to do so at first, but this fabric curled so perfectly that it worked out great!

Laurelhurst Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

Oh, and the fabric…it’s from Raspberry Creek fabrics on etsy.  This is my first time ordering from Raspberry Creek and I will definitely order again.  Ordering knit fabric online can be a bit scary, not knowing the quality or feel of the fabric.  This knit fabric, though, is amazing.  I ordered a bit more than I needed for the cardigan and I’m so glad I did.  I’ll be making a few t shirts and tank tops out of my extras!

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While Kimberly is celebrating Straight Stitch Designs one year anniversary, all of her patterns are half off….that makes the pdf version of the laurelhurst only $5.  And she has paper patterns (half off also) and stitch kits (40% off) all until September 20th!

Laurelhurst Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glance Details:

Pattern:  Laurelhurst

Fabric:  Cotton Lycra Jersey

Size / Modifications:  size 4, shortened the hem by 2″

Also, you should pop around and look at the huge lineup of other bloggers Kimberly organized to showcase Straight Stitch Designs’ patterns!  And there’s a pretty big giveaway to help celebrate!

Tuesday, September 8th: Meg Cookin’ and Craftin’ | Jennifer Ginger Peach Studio

Wednesday, September 9th: Ajaire Call Ajaire | Heidi Handmade Frenzy | Stacey Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Thursday, September 10th: Melissa Rebel & Malice | Annika Näh-Connection | Abby Sew Much Ado
Friday, September 11th: Katie It’s Hard to Hear Up Here | Jane Buzzmills | Lisa Mabey She Made It
Saturday, September 12th: Elena Randomly Happy | Allie Indiesew | Jess If Only They Would Nap
Monday, September 14th: Jaime Made By Jaime | Lauren BASTE + GATHER | Sara Made by Sara
Tuesday, September 15th: Audrey Skirt Fixationy | Teri Fa Sew La | Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House
Wednesday, September 16th: Emi Just Add Fabric | Rachael Imagine Gnats | Teresa Dandelion Drift
Thursday, September 17th: Kaysie | KZJO’STUDIO Rita Conversas de Hermanas | Stephanie Swoodson Says
Friday, September 18th: Andreia In a Manner of Sewing | Nienke Pienkel | Abbey Sew Charleston

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Just For You Sewing Skirt :: A GIVEAWAY

Hey there!  Happy Tuesday…I have a pretty fun sew to share with you today!  Sarah and Caroline, from Blue Susan Makes and Sew Can She sent their book my way and I wanted to share what I made with you all!  Let me tell you more about the book, and then the skirt.  This book, Just for You! is full of a wide range of projects, from bags to clothes, with patterns and pattern pieces and beautiful photography.  At the publishers site you can get a good glimpse at a number of projects in the book.  It’s all put together really well!

Just For You Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, my skirt.  This is the lovely long skirt from the book and I would have to agree with all of those adjectives when it comes to maxi skirts.  Okay, maybe I’d add another “L”, lean.  I think maxi skirts wave a little magic wand and make you look so put together and slim without much effort.

Just For You Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

I was a little apprehensive to try a new maxi skirt pattern, because I already own one that fits perfectly.  But I thought it’d be great to try another silhouette, and I’m glad I did.  This pattern has six panels, which I think looks great and adds a little interest.  I used Robert Kaufman Catalina Knit fabric for this skirt in Steel, and definitely would use it again to make a skirt.  I do have to confess one little thing about the skirt.  I’ve already seam ripped this waistband and swapped it with the Syrah skirt waistband.  Just personal preference, but that’s the great thing about sewing, you can mix and match things as you’d like.  These photos though show the pattern waistband which does work well!

Just For You Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, ready for a little giveaway.  Sarah and Caroline kindly offered up one book to my sweet readers (that’s you!).  Just leave a comment below telling me what you have been sewing lately.  Winners in the United States will receive a hard copy of the book. International winners will receive an ebook copy.  Giveaway will close this Friday, September 18, 2015 at 8 pm EST.

Thanks for reading and good luck!

 

Springtail Sundress

I know there’s been a little radio silence over her for the pat few weeks.  In fact, when I look through my site, the last post I have up is my last entry for the super online sewing match. The very talented Shannon from Adventures of a Young Seamstress won the competition!  I was so impressed with her sewing through all of the challenges, and all of that to boot at a young age!

Springtail Sundress :: Dandelion Drift

These past few weeks (this summer actually) has been jam packed with activity.  Sweet Pea turned 11, 11!  I think as a mom, I must get amnesia, or alzheimers, or something strange happens to my brain.  Each year as my kids get ready to have a new age associated with them, I get all mushy and sad, and really wish that they just wouldn’t grow up.  But then I remember: each year, my kids become a new age that I love.  Each year is a new adventure that I get to discover a little bit more about who they are.  They are growing up, but they are also growing into the people that they are going to be!  Pretty awesome adventure I get to go on as a mom!

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So Sweet Pea is 11, I had a birthday and turned 35, school started, and we have said goodbye to our summer life.  We are working on embracing the structure of our everyday life and getting back into routines!

Today I’m over at the imagine gnats blog  talking about this cute dress I sewed for Sweet Pea and her 11 year old self!

Cascade Duffle Coat

This is a really long post.  If you just want the nitty gritty of the pattern and modifications I made, scroll down to the bottom and I’ll have a bullet point list for you!

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

Round five of the Super Online Sewing Match is here and I’m so excited to share with you what I sewed!  This is truly the most intricate thing I have ever made, and also the sew that I am most proud of!  Here’s the Cascade Duffle Coat!  This pattern is by Jen of Grainline Studios and it is a really, really good pattern!

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When Beth and Kristin from Sew Mama Sew emailed us the pattern for this challenge last Monday, I had a mini panic moment (maybe even a big panic moment).  I thought this was going to be way too much for me to handle.  A coat!  A real winter coat!  Yikes.

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My family has had a family vacation planned for August 14th for some time and my goal was to finish my sewing for the Super Online Sewing Match before we left for vacation.  That translated to only three days available for me to sew the Cascade Coat.  (Hence the panic moment.)  Josh and I talked for a minute on Monday and he convinced me that this was doable and if I stayed focused I definitely could finish the coat before vacation.  I spent three whole days, I mean three days from sun up to sun down to finish the coat.  Kind friends jumped in and watched the kids for me.  Josh helped keep the house running with food and cleaning.  And the coat was all sewn and ready to be photographed by last Thursday night!

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Ready for some details.  As soon as we had the pattern in hand I went shopping for fabric.  I drove up to Orlando knowing that there would be a few fabric store options.  The closest fabric store in Orlando was Jo Anns so that is where we headed.  And amazingly they had everything I was looking for.  I know most people would see this Duffle coat and immediately think it should be made out of wool.  Well I live in Florida and own one wool coat, which hasn’t been worn in a few years.  It rarely gets cold enough to need a winter coat here.  And we rarely travel in the winter time to cold locations!  So I looked into some other coat fabric recommendations.  Jen talks about fabric options for the Cascade Duffle Coat and mentions bottomweights and twill fabric.  Jo Ann had this great blue twill fabric that had some weight to it, and no stretch…perfect.  They also had this gray bemberg rayon that I used for the lining.  That’s really all I needed to grab.  I already owned the zippers and buttons so I was ready to sew.

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The  coat pattern came together easily.  It took hours and hours to sew, but nothing was difficult, just time consuming.  I would equate this to running a race.  Just about anyone can run, it’s just one step at a time.  Same with this pattern.  It’s just one step of the pattern at a time.

I sewed a straight size four.  That’s where my measurements put me, and the fit is perfect!  I sewed all the steps as directed, just made a few additions.

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I really liked the patch pockets on the coat, but also knew that sticking my hands in a patch pocket would be a little awkward.  They are perfect pockets to put my things in, though.  I added a flap to the pocket, and I’m sure you’ll also see I made a way for me to put my hands in my pockets on the side.  I decided to add welt pockets right on the pocket placement line for the patch pockets.  This worked out perfectly.  I used this tutorial from Thread Theory to guide me through making the welt pockets.  And the welt pockets are lined in bemberg rayon, and go the distance from the pocket line, all the way over to the middle of the coat.  I tacked down the lining at each corner of the welt pocket so that the pocket bags wouldn’t bunch up.

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

I also looked through some pictures of duffle coats for inspiration and saw a picture of a coat with a great interior zipper pocket.  I added that pocket to the facing piece, two inches in from the inside seam.  I wasn’t sure where to place this zipper, so I saved that step towards the end until I could try the lining on and find the best placement.  The zipper is a nine inch zipper, and the pocket lining for this one is nani iro double gauze.  I again tacked down the corners of the pocket to ensure it wouldn’t bunch up inside the lining.

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

The lining for the interior zipper pocket matches the front bands for the zipper up front.  I wanted to make sure the lines matched up on the nani iro fabric on either side of the zipper.  I also saw the greatest idea from Jenny of Cashmerette to add some flat piping in the seam between the lining and the facing.  Often times my goal when sewing is to make my clothes look like something I would buy in a store.  But at the same time, it is great to add extra special details that you normally would not find.

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

Jen mentions making the toggles on the coat out of leather.  I had some brown leather on hand, but didn’t care for the contrast in colors on the front of this blue coat.  So I decided to make my toggles out of the same blue fabric as my coat.  I used the toggle pattern piece, added 1/4 inch seam allowance to the pattern piece and cut out six blue toggle pieces from the blue fabric, and six from the lining.  I sewed these pieces right sides together, left a small opening to turn these pieces right side out and flipped them.  One trick I have learned when sewing small curved pieces is to using pinking sheers to grade the seams down, instead of notching around the curve.  The cord for my toggles is some braided white cotton trim.  I made sure to stretch the cord as much as possible when measuring their placement to make sure they wouldn’t be stretched out when I buttoned it closed.  The wooden toggle buttons were stolen from a jacket I had sewed for my daughter a few years ago that she’s outgrown.

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s a couple pics of the inside of the coat.  Everything is super neat and tidy.  I was nervous when it came time to bag the coat, but Jen’s instructions and pictures from the sew along helped tremendously!  I think this is the step that made me the most nervous, just because it was something I had never done before, nor had ever even tried to wrap my brain around.  Turns out, it was not scary at all, and leaves you feeling like a sewing magician!

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Whelp, that’s it.  All of the coat details.  I ended up with a great coat that is not too heavy, not too warm and will definitely get worn in our mild Florida winters!  I am so excited for the weather to cool off now so I can throw on my new coat and wear it around!  I should also mention that I am so thrilled to have been able to participate in the Super Online Sewing Match.  This competition has been a great experience!

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

Okay…here’s a quick rundown for those just wanting quick details:

  • Pattern: Cascade Duffle Coat
  • Size: 4 (exactly where my measurements placed me)
  • Material: twill (with no stretch) and bemberg rayon (both from Jo Ann)
  • Toggles: self made out of exterior fabric

Pattern additions

  • welt pockets on pocket placement line
  • pocket flaps for patch pockets
  • interior zipper pocket
  • flat piping in between lining and facing

 

Cultivate City Gym Shorts

When Bonnie Christine asked if I’d be interested in sewing with some of her new line of fabric, Cultivate, I didn’t even hesitate to say yes.  I’ve sewn with one of her previous lines of fabric before (you can see the projects here with this small poolside tote and Ella top) and loved the fabric so much. Bonnie’s lines are always a little feminine and each fabric coordinates without being matchy matchy.

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My girl, Sweet Pea, has been growing like a weed so was in need of new shorts.  I love to sew her things that will be reached for over and over, so I decided to sew her a new pair of city gym shorts.

City Gym Shorts :: Dandelion Drift I knew right away that row by row lit fabric would make the perfect binding with the stripes. I used flower field mist fabric for the front of the shorts, brown chambray for the back, and plotted farm autumn for the waistband.

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I love how these shorts turned out. So much so that I started cutting out a second pair for my girl! City Gym Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Bonnie has a great lineup of bloggers showing off their cultivate fabric creations. Take a look at what Ryan made yesterday. And I can’t wait to see what Mary will share tomorrow!

Carolyn Pajamas

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I made it through to round four of the Super Online Sewing Match and this round’s sewing pattern has been on my sewing radar for a while!  We were give the Carolyn Pajamas pattern by Heather of Closet Case Files.  These are super fancy looking pajamas, quite an upgrade from the old shorts from my college days that I have in my pajama drawer.

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Since I was sewing super fancy pajamas, I wanted to sew them in luxurious fabric.  Silk first came to mind, but was definitely out of my price range.  The next best thing was rayon.  It has great drape, is lightweight and breathable.  I had three yards of this rayon fabric from the Imagine Gnats shop sitting in my pile of fabrics, which was just the right amount for this pattern.

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Since I live in Florida, and it has been so hot recently, I couldn’t think of sewing anything other than shorts and a short sleeved shirt for my pajamas.  Heather’s pattern does come with a pants and long sleeve shirt option (which I’m sure I’ll sew in the future)!

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The pattern pieced together smoothly!  I sewed a size 6 for the top and an 8 for the bottoms (that’s where my hip and chest measurements placed me).  I was nervous to sew all of the piping with this pattern, but I dug through my sewing machine feet attachments and found my piping foot to use, which was really helpful.  These Carolyn Pajamas used two entire packages of piping (more than I’ve used in any other project)!

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I left off the breast pocket for a few reasons.  I sewed it on the top (with piping in between the upper and lower pocket pieces), and when I tried on the top, I thought it was too low.  I seam ripped the pocket, and then when I moved it up, I didn’t like that it was like a white runway sign going right across my chest.  I decided that maybe it was the high contrast of the blue fabric and the white piping causing the chest pocket to not add anything to the top!  So it stayed off, unsewn and in the trash!

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I made a couple additions to the bottoms.  I love how Kelli of True Bias finishes the waistband in her Hudson Pant pattern (with topstitching on the elastic waistband), so I added that feature to my pants.  I also added little bar tacks at the bottom of each pocket (on the side seams), you know, just in case I’m carrying anything heavy in these pajama pockets!  These pajama bottoms are truly the most comfortable pajamas I have ever worn!

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I’m particularly proud of my buttons on this top.  The last time I sewed buttons on rayon, I didn’t get the correct amount of interfacing to use and the buttonholes puckered.  These buttonholes came out perfectly.  I practiced a bit on some scrap fabric first to make sure I had the right amount of interfacing underneath the buttonholes!

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Here’s a peek at the insides.  I used french seams everywhere in this pattern.  Yep, even the shoulder / arm seam and the faux fly!  I hand stitched all of the hems (the shirt, sleeves, and shorts) and hand stitched the facing at the shoulders.

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These pajamas are definitely the nicest pajamas in my dresser!  And the fit is perfect!  There are definitely more Carolyn Pajamas in my future (especially the bottoms)!

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